Sivas Travel Guide

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    Kizildag
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    Pasa Fabrikasi
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  • Cifte Minareli Medrese (one of my best pics:)
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Sivas Things to Do

  • Bedohtun

    Bedohtun is the name of the place where you can find the remains of the Byzantine Empire. They can be found in the mountains of the Yildiz Dagi, 120km northwest of Sivas. They lie on a slope facing the Yildiz Mountain above the Bedohtunyazi Valley.

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  • Güdük Minare

    It was built in 1347 as a burial site Seyh Hasan Bey of Ertana, whose remains lie in the black marble sarcophagus. The short brick cylinder structure rests on a square base and because it resembles a minaret, it is popularly called Guduk Minare or Short Minaret.

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  • Learn the Armenian Side of Sivas

    Surp Nishan (meaning "Holy Sign" or "Holy Cross") monastery was established by Atom-Ashot, the son of King Senekerim. The monastery was named after a celebrated relic that Senekerim had brought from Varagavank, and which was returned there after his death.In 1915 Surp Nishan monastery was the main repository of medieval Armenian manuscripts in the...

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  • Behram Pasha Inn

    It was built in 1573 as a caravanserai by Behram Pasha the Deaf. Today it is under restoration. It is meant to be used as a boutique hotel once the restorations are over.

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  • Still Haven't Tried a Turkish Bath?!?

    Sivas Meydan Hamami (Turkish Bath) is one of the top 10 in Turkey. It was built in 1564 during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Murat III. It still functions today. Modern features are added as well in the past years: Now there is a reading room and a seperate resting room for men and women. It is open from 5am till midnight everyday.Something you...

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  • Atatürk Congress & Ethnography Museum

    This is the Ottoman school building that hosted the Sivas Congress on September 4, 1919. Today, it's a museum.On the ground floor, you can see a variety of carpets and kilims. The wooden doors of the school are from Ulu Cami complex in Divrigi.When you go upstairs, you can see the Congress Hall. It is presented as the way it was during the original...

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  • Gök Medrese

    lt was built in 1271 by the Seljuk Vezier Sahip Ata Fahreddin Ali. The entrance gate has very interesting brick works. The two minarets have blue tile work and that's where the name of the building comes from: Gök Medrese means Sky-blue Seminary. When we visited, we loved the tiles in the south and north chambers.The gates to inside are generally...

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  • The Oldest Building of Sivas: Ulu Cami

    Ulu Cami (A.K.A. Great Mosque) was built in 1197 by Kilicarslan Bin Ibrahim. The mosque was built in a rectanguler shape with a big covered courtyard. Facing the south worship area, there are 50 columns arranged in 11 paralel rows. The cylinder shaped birck minaret was built in the 13'th century and has 116 steps to the top.

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  • Cifte Minareli Medrese

    The name literally means the seminary of the twin minarets. It was built in 1271 by the Mongol-Ilhani Vezier Semseddin Mehmed Cuveyni as a school for the study of the traditions of the words and sayings of the prophet. Today only a section of the east wall remains standing. It was composed of a front facade, two minarets in the middle, an entrance...

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Sivas Restaurants

  • Taste Sivas Köftesi (Meatballs) at...

    It used to be a much smaller place 10 years ago but today it's one of the best restaurants of Sivas. According to me, it is "the" place to eat one of the traditional dishes of Sivas cuisine: Sivas Köftesi. They serve the meatballs with tomato, pepper and onions and it's really delicious. Sivas Köftesi (meatballs)

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  • The taste of sweet Sivas

    Hakan serves some of the best baklavas I tried during my trip. The pistacchio-sprinkled crusty pastry soaked and dripping with honey is a must try, great with strong black coffee. Gives you all that sugar rush as you explore Sivas' sites. Service is good, too, with very attentive staff.The café is a gathering place for students, so you might be...

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  • Arguably, best place to go for local...

    This full service restaurant, recommended by the concierge, offers some of the best local dishes I've tried. I ordered the kebap plate, and its huge portions were a challenge for my small tummy (although I admit I have a big appetite). The lentil soup, by itself, was filling, as was the freshly baked ekmek (bread). To cap off, we had Turkish...

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  • (Turkish) pizza has never been this good

    I was strolling around Sivas' side streets when my hunger-induced olfactory glands sensed something good cooking at a street corner - at As Kaptan Pide Firini - a local pizzeria selling nothing but freshly-baked pides (Turkish pizza). In no time (and as a natural consequence of warm Turkish hospitality), a young customer who was buying loads of...

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  • Sivas Kebap

    Sivas Kebap is special food of Sivas. It is made of lamb meat, eggplant, onion and other vegetables cooked in a special oven. It is served only between June-September.We ate Sivas Kebap at a restaurant behind a a petrol station 5 km away from Sivas city center. It has a large and nice garden. One section of the garden is designed for customers come...

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  • A very authentic Restaurant

    This is a very special place. The owner of the restaurant turned his home to a restaurant. He is a very talented man and he makes every single decoration by his hands. So he created a small heaven in his garden.We stopped by this place for only drinking a cup of tea, however we visited the kitchen and the food looked very delicious. The staff was...

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Sivas Nightlife

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  • Actually there is no nightlife...

    Actually there is no nightlife in Kangal/SIVAS. However there might be a energetic life at the centre of Sivas. Kangal to Sivas is 98 km. If u are going there for healing up no need to have a nightlife coz it is easy to make friends so that u can share your feelings with them. So that u can spend your night with nice dialogues. These guys are from...

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Sivas Transportation

  • Go for Huzur Turizm

    There are regular buses to Sivas from Ankara (450 km) and Istanbul (900 km). Although various companies operate, my suggestion would be Huzur Turizm. They do have a website if you want to book in advance (but the website is in Turkish only). So, drop me a few lines if you feel like taking a bus from Ankara to Sivas and I help you.

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  • The smooth ride to Sivas from Amasya

    With a heavy heart, I left stunning Amasya, and the transfer to Sivas was pretty smooth and straightforward (see, I told you, everything seems so perfect in Amasya!) - bought a ticket for the 10:30 AM bus to Kayseri (from Samsun, which passes through Amasya) from Kent's (the bus company) agent on Ataturk Caddesi, and got off at Sivas' otogar (bus...

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  • Getting to Divrigi

    To Divrigi from Sivas, you could take Sivas Tours' mini-buses which ply the route seven times daily. Take the earliest bus at 10 AM, so you could have more time to explore the Ulu Cami-Darussifa complex and the village itself. The last trip from Divrigi leaves at 5 PM.It is advisable that you obtain roundtrip tickets a day in advance especially...

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Sivas Shopping

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  • Thyme Honey of Zara Imranli

    Zara Imranli honey is one of the specialities of Sivas. The bees use the thyme herb to produce this type of honey, which is quite tasty. Honey Not more than 25 EUR for one kilo

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  • Gift Shopping at Darussifa

    The rooms of historical Izzettin Keykavus Hospital (Darussifa) are now used as gift shops. You may buy some souvenirs from those shops. I have to admit that It is hard to find something special to Sivas in those shops. They sell many Chinese and Indian products that you may find everywhere in the world. I recommend you to ask for combs and knives...

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  • Maize Sellers

    In Sivas streets, you can see maize sellers every where. Their stands look really very nice. Here is a photo of them. Boiled Maize

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Sivas Local Customs

  • Madimak (Indian Knotgrass) and the Other...

    I learned all these after I got married but I must admit that I was quite surprised to find out that Sivas cuisine is very rich in naturally growing herbs. I always thought Mediterrranean cuisine would be the richest but Sivas would definitely compete hard:)With the coming of spring (mostly in May and June), a wide variety of dishes are made from...

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  • Festivals

    If you happen to be in Sivas (and around) in summer time, you may come across the following festivals:June 12-13: Pir Sultan Festivities, Banaz Village, YildizeliJuly: Asik Veysel Culture and Art Festival, SarkislaAugust 14: Gürün Apricot Festival, GürünSeptember 3: Imrali Honey FestivalSeptember 2-5: Sivas Congress Culture and Art Festivities,...

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  • Learn the Traditional Dishes

    In Sivas, foods and drinks made for special days carry the significance of that day. Foods prepared for seasonal festivities and ceremonial foods eaten together have a pleasant nostalgic quality, and bring a common feeling of solidarity, of sharing of joy and sorrows. Foods prepared for seasonal celebrations such as religious holidays, kandils,...

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Sivas What to Pack

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  • Packing List

    If u are comin Sivas for psiorasis here some items that u should bring . But is up to u to bring or not coz u can buy in hotel as well. 1. A towel 2. Ear Plague 3. Flaster(tape) 4. Sweatshirt or a coat. It is still cold at night.This place is surronded by mountains. 5. Books and your walkman . There is nothing to do much at night, so u may read or...

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Sivas Off The Beaten Path

  • Sarkisla

    Sarkisla is 80km southwest of Sivas. The city is the birthplace and home of the greatest Turkish popular poet of modern times Asik Veysel (1894-1971). He was born near the town to a poor peasant family and is also buried here. (Check my Sivas homepage for further details on Asik Veysel).

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  • The Bridges of Sivas

    The most famous ones are Egri Bridge, Kesik Bridge, Yildiz Bridge and Bogaz Bridge. The oldest of these is the 180 meter long Egri Bridge that connects Sivas with the former road to Malatya. As there are no writings on the bridge, the exact time of construction is unknown. It's estimated that it was built in the 16th or 17th century.

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  • Climb up (Drive up) Kizildag

    Kizildag is the most well-known mountain of Sivas as it's the place where the longest river of Turkey comes to surface. Kizil means reddish in Turkish and when you start going up Kizildag, which is over 3.000 meters, you will notice the change in the color of the solid from brown to red.If you drive, the highest point you can reach is 2.190 meters:...

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  • Please, Don't Take Off Your Shoes!

    It was in July 2000 when my boyfriend (now my husband), Ozgur and I were off to Sivas for a very dear friend's wedding. Ozgur thought it would be a nice opportunity to show me the city he had grown up. It was going to be an ineteresting experience for me. Here, I should state that geographically speaking Sivas is in Central Turkey but for someone...

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  • gok medresesi,sivas most remarkable...

    cumhuriyet cad,200m from ulu cami.gok medresesi or blue medersa.medersa means koranic school.called blue medersa for blue color of minarets faience. in poor condition.fortunately,they begin restoring the emblematic monument!more on travelogue!

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  • THERMAL FISH SPRINGS IN...

    THERMAL FISH SPRINGS IN KANGAL/SIVAS The springs were a kind of reed-bed until 1917. By chance a shephard who was wounded on his foot sees his wound healed by the water of the spring. This fact gets the attention of the public and primitive pools were built. Later on around 1950's very simple buildings were contsructed. In 1960's springs were taken...

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